Barcelona to meet Real Madrid in Copa del Rey semi-finals

Real Madrid last won the tournament during Jose Mourinho's era as manager at the Bernebeu and Barca were are the receiving end of the loss but Los Merengues have not tasted success in the Spanish Cup competition ever since.

The first leg will be on Wednesday in Barcelona, with the return match in Madrid on February 27, just before their Spanish league game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on March 3.

His display against Sevilla, as Barcelona came from 2-0 down to win 6-3 on aggregate, was perhaps his best yet.

Real and Barca are also set to renew hostilities in La Liga on March 2, meaning three Clasicos in the space of less than a month. Real Madrid had a more comfortable path to the last four, beating Girona 4-2 at home and winning 3-1 away for a 7-3 aggregate win.

Finally, is the captain's participation in the Club World Cup, where he played the full 180 minutes and went on to lift the trophy with Real Madrid for the third consecutive time.

"We are delighted with him for how he manages the squad and that is important because there are times when it is not easy to live with so many players of that level and that everyone is happy".

Two-time champion Real Betis and seven-time victor Valencia will play in the other semifinal, also beginning next week. We are talking about two teams that have a lot of resources and extraordinary players.

The LaLiga giants now occupy third position in the league standings, 10 points behind table-toppers Barcelona.

Valencia scored two late goals to overcome Getafe on Tuesday and Real Betis needed extra time to knock out Espanyol.

The draw for the semis will be held on Friday at Betis' Benito Villamarin stadium, where this year's final will be played.